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    Hawkei Light Protected Vehicle, Australia



    Type: Light protected vehicle
    Crew: Four to six soldiers (including driver)
    Designer and manufacturer: Thales Group
    GroupWeight7,000kg
    PayloadUp to 3,000kg

    Full specifications
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    Hawkei is a lightweight protected vehicle designed and developed to meet the requirements of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The vehicle is manufactured by Thales Australia for the Department of Defence's Land 121 phase 4 programme that aims to replace the Australian Army's Land Rovers. The vehicle is named after a stealthy species of death adder Acanthophis Hawkei, a native of Australia. The Hawkei is a prototype vehicle and can accommodate six soldiers. It is designed to be protected from blasting and ballistic missiles.

    The vehicle weighs approximately 7,000kg and is developed as a next-generation light mobility vehicle. It was officially launched on 29 September 2009 and will replace unarmoured Land Rovers. The Hawkei can be airlifted by a C-130 Hercules transport or other standard cargo aircraft. It can travel at a maximum speed of 100km/h over a range of more than 1,000km.

    Hawkei has been tested against improvised explosive devices (IED) to ensure that its design allows maximum protection. Tests were conducted to gather the data and modernise the blast management system equipped in the vehicle. The first series of mine blast test on the Hawkei vehicle's passenger compartment were completed on 26 November 2009.

    The total cost of the project is estimated at $1bn. The Hawkei was showcased at the Armoured Vehicles Australia event held at the Hyatt Hotel, Canberra, on 4 November 2009.

    "The Hawkei design encompasses high levels of blast and ballistic protection."Orders and deliveries

    The forecast report of the ADF stated that orders for the Hawkei would not exceed more than 1,300 vehicles.

    The first prototype of the vehicle will be delivered to ADF at the end of 2010 with trials scheduled for 2011. The contract will be awarded in 2012, followed by production.

    Hawkei design

    The Hawkei design encompasses high levels of blast and ballistic protection. The vehicle is designed to incorporate the future system requirements of adaptive campaigning with C4I (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence) capabilities. It can be upgraded for specific missions. The integral V-shaped monocoque hull and blast absorption system provide objective level blast protection.

    Hawkei's hull is designed to protect the vehicle from blasts while incorporating high levels of tactical and operational mobility, and allow easy conversion between variants. The vehicle's adaptable ballistic protection technology is designed for air transportation, and is reconfigurable by a two-person crew in under half an hour without using specialised devices or equipment.

    Armament

    A remotely controlled weapon station (RCWS) is installed in the Hawkei vehicle. It is an automated control weapon station principally used for light and medium-calibre weapons. The RCWS can accommodate remote control weapons encompassing 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and 12.7mm machine guns, 40mm automatic grenade launchers, anti-tank missiles and observation pods.

    The RCWS can accommodate weapons up to 12.7mm machine guns and is manufactured by Samson Technologies Corporation, US.



    Contractors

    Thales Australia is the prime contractor in the design and development of Australia's Hawkei lightweight mobility vehicle. Boeing, Plasan Sasa and PAC Group are partners of Thales, supporting the Hawkei project.

    "The Hawkei is a prototype vehicle and can accommodate six soldiers."Boeing Defence Australia provides integrated logistic support (ILS) to Thales during the design and development of the Hawkei vehicle. In August 2009, Boeing Defence Australia was awarded a contract by Thales Australia to offer ILS for its Hawkei protected mobility vehicle. The contract encompasses supporting Thales during the design and development phase of the Hawkei vehicle to ensure the vehicle lasts longer while saving costs.

    Armour solution provider Plasan Sasa is supporting Thales Australia to achieve the highest levels of protection in the Hawkei lightweight vehicle.

    PAC Group has worked closely with Thales Australia to provide a flexible production capability.

    Engine

    The Hawkei vehicle is powered by a Steyr V6 diesel engine and is manufactured by Steyr Motors GmbH, Austria. The inline starter or generator offers sufficient level of electrical power to drive the C4I and mission equipment.


  2. #22

    USMC Awards Textron Marine & Land Systems and Granite Tactical Vehicles Team Contract for Upgraded HMMWV Test Vehicles

    (Source: Textron Inc.; issued February 23, 2010)

    NEW ORLEANS & MOUNT AIRY, N.C. --- Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, and Granite Tactical Vehicles Inc., announced today the receipt of a contract to deliver three upgraded High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) to the United State Marine Corps Warfighting Lab for testing.

    The three upgraded HMMWVs in M1114, M1151-A1/REVB and M1165 configurations are scheduled to be delivered in March 2010 for mobility, thermal and durability performance testing. Independent and USMC blast and ballistic testing on the vehicle has been completed. The vehicle will be on display in outdoor space #3332 at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Winter show in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. from February 24-26. Textron Marine & Land Systems also will be located at booth #1324.

    “Working with Granite Tactical Vehicles, we have modified the up-armored HMMWV platform to increase the vehicle’s survivability, while enhancing its mobility and payload capabilities,” said Textron Marine & Land Systems General Manager Tom Walmsley.

    “We have been working diligently since 2004 on a solution to better protect our soldiers against the evolving threats they face in combat situations around the world,” said Granite Tactical Vehicles President Chris Berman. “We are confident in our solution’s performance and survivability, and look forward to the outcome of the USMC testing.

    Textron Marine & Land Systems and Granite Tactical Vehicles have teamed on the development of affordable, lightweight, crew survivability solutions for light tactical vehicles. Granite’s innovations in survivable and mobile light armored vehicles are being combined with Textron Marine & Land Systems’ engineering and lean process manufacturing expertise to provide a valuable near-term solution for warfighters.

    Textron Marine & Land Systems has manufactured the Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) for the U.S. Army since 2004, and has delivered more that 2,400 units. The ASV has maintained exceptional operational readiness and combat availability rates as vehicles log more than 30,000 miles per year in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Granite Tactical Vehicles Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and delivers armored vehicles for a broad spectrum of clients including private security contractors, law enforcement and various government agencies. Granite Tactical Vehicles’ products have been field tested with great success on missions including convoy protection, personnel movement & relocation, rescue operations and cargo delivery.

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  3. #23

    Plasan Announces Delivery of 5,000 Armor Kits (excerpt)

    (Source: Plasan; issued February 24, 2010)

    Plasan, a global leader in the field of combat-proven survivability and armor solutions for vehicles, airborne platforms and personal protection, today announced that it has delivered 5000 armor kits for the U.S. Army's MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) as a subcontractor to Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense. Since the beginning of the contract in July 2009, Plasan has met all of its delivery milestones for 7 consecutive months.

    Mr. Dan Ziv, President and CEO of Plasan, says: "We are proud of our continued success in meeting this ambitious production schedule. Plasan continues to work with our local subcontractors to meet the growing demand for M-ATVs and exceed our own high expectations of protecting warfighters. As soldiers building for soldiers, Plasan understands the vital need for armor solutions."

    On June 30 2009, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded a $1.05 billion contract awarded to a team led by Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corporation and Plasan North America to produce 2,244 M-ATVs for deployment in Afghanistan. Since that time, additional orders for M-ATV armor kits have grown on a monthly basis. In August, Plasan won an additional contract for the delivery of 1,700 armor kits as an Oshkosh subcontractor.

    These orders were supplemented with additional contracts for 352 armor kits in September, 923 in October, 1000 in November, 400 in December 2009, 600 in January and a most recent addition of 1,460 armor kits in February 2010. The U.S. Department of Defense has contracted Oshkosh and Plasan to produce a total of 8,079 M-ATVs to protect troops serving in Afghanistan.

    Plasan credits this rapid delivery capacity to the application of its modular Kitted Hull concept. Under this concept, developed by Plasan, the armor parts can be produced in parallel at multiple locations allowing the flexibility to increase and decrease capacity in minimum risk. In addition this form of work leverages the OEM capability for assembly and allows it better control on the process - the parts and components are sent to the vehicle's manufacturer where they are applied to the vehicle at the assembly line,. Kitted Hull technology enables cost-effective assembly of armored vehicles, responding quickly to increases in production volume as the needs of the end-users change.

    As a global company with locations in Israel, North America and Europe, Plasan is a worldwide market leader. Plasan's production capabilities are complemented by a comprehensive supply chain that encompasses suppliers of materials, equipment and solutions in strategic locations worldwide. This extensive network enables the production capacity flexibility necessary to expand or reduce production volumes according to demand.

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  4. #24

    Navistar Defense Showcases MaxxPro Dash with DXM Independent Suspension at AUSA

    (Source: Navistar Defense; issued Feb. 25, 2010)

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. --- Navistar Defense, LLC today will showcase its enhanced International MaxxPro Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle with independent suspension for attendees at the 2010 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Winter Symposium and Exposition.

    “The Dash with DXM independent suspension demonstrates our work in improved performance as we continue to bring our significant design force to bear on product improvements for our warfighters,” said Regis Luther, vice president, military products and initiatives. “We are also focused on the swift delivery of this capability and have designed kits and rolling chassis to quickly retrofit the remainder of the MaxxPro and 7000 Series fleets if needed.”

    The enhanced MaxxPro Dash with DXM independent suspension offers added mobility for off-road travel while still providing warfighters with Category I MRAP survivability protection. A number of other added features that are included on the enhanced Dash include insulation and door upgrades, as well as an inclinometer, which acts as a level and measures side slope during vehicle operation.

    The DXM independent suspension solution is provided by Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems and AxleTech International. Navistar selected this no-compromises suspension system after conducting an extensive trade study. The DXM design also minimizes the effort needed to integrate the system onto existing MaxxPro and 7000 Series vehicles should the military be interested in retrofitting the company’s fleets.

    On February 16, Navistar received an order for 1,050 Dash vehicles, bringing the company’s total MRAP orders to 7,494. Navistar also has provided more than 8,100 International 7000 Series vehicles to the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. These vehicles can also be upgraded with the DXM independent suspension.

    Navistar International Corporation is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce brand diesel engines, IC Bus brand school and commercial buses, Monaco RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse brand chassis for motor homes and step vans.

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  5. #25

    Oshkosh Corporation Receives $640 Million Award to Supply 1,460 Additional M-ATVs

    (Source: Oshkosh Defense; issued Feb. 23, 2010)

    OSHKOSH, Wis.---Oshkosh Corporation announced today it has received an additional $640 million award from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to deliver 1,460 MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV).

    To date, Oshkosh has received awards valued at more than $4.74 billion for 8,079 M-ATVs, as well as spare parts kits and aftermarket in-theater support.

    "Our Armed Forces have Oshkosh's full assurance that these highly mobile, life protecting vehicles will continue to be a top priority because we understand the urgency of the situation," said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corporation chairman and chief executive officer. "From day one, Oshkosh Corporation and our employees have been committed to meet or exceed the M-ATV delivery requirements, while simultaneously producing our other quality advanced tactical wheeled vehicles and meeting all other contractual obligations."

    The Oshkosh M-ATV is the newest MRAP model, developed in response to an urgent need in Afghanistan. The vehicle is specifically designed to operate on the country's harsh mountainous terrain and unimproved roads while providing protection levels equal to or better than those of legacy MRAPs. Able to overcome steep, rocky and rugged terrain, the vehicle uses the Oshkosh-patented TAK-4 independent suspension system for superior cross-country mobility, including a 70 percent off-road profile capability and 16 inches of independent wheel travel. Oshkosh has received orders to supply more than 2,400 TAK-4 systems for legacy MRAP upgrades for improved off-road mobility in Afghanistan.

    The company has received orders to provide replacement parts and spare-parts kits concurrent with M-ATV production, as well as to provide field service representative (FSR) support in Afghanistan. With global operations that include service, repair and parts distribution, Oshkosh is able to support the M-ATV program's full life-cycle sustainment as needed.

    Existing Oshkosh facilities have the capacity, highly skilled workforce and proven manufacturing capability to deliver this M-ATV order and vehicles for all other Defense programs, including the U.S. Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), as well as the capability to meet any surges in production.

    Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection.
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  6. #26

    Oshkosh Defense unveils new vehicles at AUSA Winter 2010

    February 24, 2010



    Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is displaying two new tactical wheeled vehicles in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., today through Friday (Feb. 24-26) at the annual Association of United States Army (AUSA) Winter Symposium and Exposition. Two new variants of the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) are making their debut at the event, as is - for the first time in the Oshkosh booth - an Oshkosh truck from the US Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV).

    "This AUSA event is a great opportunity for Oshkosh Defense to demonstrate our support for the US Army and showcase our newest offerings to military personnel across all ranks," said Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Defense. "The face-to-face conversations taking place at this show allow us to gather important feedback and information, which we use to continually improve our military vehicles."

    The new utility and ambulance M-ATV variants on display at AUSA offer new capabilities and mission profiles while maintaining the durable, best-in-class mobility and superior crew protection of the original M-ATV offering. Utility and ambulance M-ATVs were developed to allow military operations to provide critical casualty care and resupply services in unforgiving landscapes where tactical missions must operate. The M-ATV has provided superior off-road mobility for harsh mountainous terrain and unimproved road networks in places like Afghanistan. To date, the company has received orders valued at more than $4.74 billion to supply 8,079 M-ATVs, spare parts kits and in-theater aftermarket support.

    Oshkosh also is displaying a vehicle from the company's newest truck fleet, the Army's FMTV. The Army awarded Oshkosh with the FTMV competitive rebuy contract on Aug. 26, 2009, which was sustained by the Army on Feb. 12 following a GAO directed review. The FMTV is a series of vehicles consisting of up to 23 variants and 17 different models, ranging from 2.5-ton to 5-ton payloads. Oshkosh now has a five-year, firm fixed-price requirements contract for the production of up to 23,000 vehicles and trailers, as well as support services and engineering. Oshkosh is currently working on an initial FMTV delivery order valued at $280.9 million for the production and delivery of 2,568 trucks and trailers. Oshkosh already produces the Army's Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV).



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    Later variants............

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  7. #27

    Feb. 24, 2010, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Force Protection, Inc. to Debut Joint All-Terrain Modular Mobility Asset (JAMMA) Vehicle and Feature Interactive Display of its Survivability Solutions



    LADSON, S.C., Feb 24, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Force Protection, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!frpt/quotes/nls/frpt (FRPT 5.29, +0.02, +0.38%) , a leading American designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions, will debut the Joint All-Terrain Modular Mobility Asset (JAMMA) vehicle at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Institute of Land Warfare's Winter Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., February 24-26, 2010 at booth #109.

    JAMMA is the only armor-ready, four-occupant, hybrid, high-performance off-road vehicle that can be transported inside the V-22 Osprey helicopter. It is equipped to handle high speeds during extreme off-roading, on highways and through urban terrain. JAMMA is also capable of rapidly adapting to and being armored for specific mission profiles such as reconnaissance, rescue/recovery, med-evac and mobile security.

    "We believe there is an ongoing need for our U.S. troops and allied forces to have access to lighter, highly mobile vehicles," said Michael Moody, Chairman and CEO of Force Protection, Inc. "The JAMMA vehicle has been designed from the ground up to be the new standard in light tactical vehicles and its light weight, high strength structure provides a wealth of multi-role mission configurations for its end-users. The JAMMA represents a different type of survivability solution focused on speed, mobility and concealment."

    JAMMA satisfies the requirements of special operations user groups. It has optimized rollover protection and features an attachment system with threat-specific armor that can be easily attached or removed in virtually any environment. The vehicle includes stadium seating that protects the driver while allowing 360-degree return fire and features a state-of-the-art hybrid engine that optimizes vehicle efficiency and generates 22kw continuous exportable power.

    Force Protection, in collaboration with Raydon Corp., a global leader in simulation products and solutions, will also showcase Raydon's Buffalo MPCV simulator. This training system instructs war fighters on how to visually detect IEDs and interrogate them using the Buffalo's unique interrogation arm/crane. This training system will help war fighters improve their route clearance skills, learn the latest tactics, techniques, and procedures for route clearance. The Buffalo crewmembers view the virtual battlefield through four 40-inch LCD monitors. With a 180 degree field of view (FOV) from an elevated seating position crews can detect IEDs and interrogate suspected IEDs with the hand held controls for the interrogation arm/crane. Crews are able to get an up close look at the suspected IED with a camera with zoom lens and maneuverable spotlights which enable crews to provide their night missions successfully.

    "Force Protection has been instrumental in getting MRAP vehicles to our war fighter in Iraq and Afghanistan and there is no doubt they have been invaluable in the fight. We are very excited to be showcasing our Buffalo training system (MPCV) alongside Force Protection at Winter AUSA. Training our troops on route clearance best practices and preparing them to use MRAPs before they deploy is essential to mission success," said Mike Vollmar, CEO, Raydon Corporation.

    Michael Moody continued, "Having Raydon's Buffalo simulator along with the JAMMA at AUSA Winter gives us the opportunity to showcase different types of survivability solutions to potential customers. We are pleased to have Raydon Corporation join in our AUSA Winter demonstrations."

    The company's booth will also feature an interactive touch-screen video wall that provides detailed information regarding its full range of survivability solutions, including an overview of its Total Life Cycle Support services, as well as information regarding Force Protection, Inc.'s products and employees who are working to save heroes lives around the world.

    More images here..........

    http://www.counton2extras.com/assets...roducts/jamma/

  8. #28

    More JAMMA details..........



    * Width: 60 in. (basic V-22 variant)
    * Height: 60 in. (basic V-22 variant)
    * Gross Vehicle Weight: 7,500
    * Payload: 3,000
    * Engine: 6 cyl. Turbo Diesel, Hybrid Electric Motor
    * Horsepower: 214 (Diesel), 100 (Hybrid-Electric)
    * Torque: 398 lb. ft. @ 1800 RPM
    * Drivetrain: 4 wheel drive
    * Exportable Power Capacity: 25kW
    * Miles per gallon: 21 (targeted across all drive circles)
    * Max Road Range (Miles): 450
    * Sustainable Highway Speed at GVW: 90 mph
    * Operational elevation before performance degradation: Up to 10,000 ft. ASL
    * Operational Ambient Temperature range: -30 deg F to 135 deg F







    A visionary project dating back to 2005, the TAC-V Joint All-Terrain Modular Mobility Asset (JAMMA) family of vehicles has been developed to be a genuine technology leap over existing military armored all-terrain vehicles in performance, modular functionality and overall capabilities.

    The TAC-V JAMMA V-22 ITV variant, the foundation cornerstone of the JAMMA family of vehicles, has been built to satisfy the requirements of special operations user groups. Engineered with the multi-mission, multi-functional V-22 Osprey in mind, the JAMMA V-22 ITV variant is the only armor ready, four occupant, hybrid, high performance off road vehicle in existence that is capable of being internally transported inside that aircraft.

    In addition to a multitude of vehicle configurations available in the 60″ wide V-22 ITV variant, an 80″ wide, extreme off-road performance suspension is available on the same core vehicle, which maximizes the internal cargo space of the H-53 and H-47 aircraft. This wider suspension variant – the JAMMA RECONDO variant – has greatly enhanced off-road performance and load carrying capabilities. The overall functionality, frontline deliverability and performance capabilities of these two variations of the same core JAMMA vehicle greatly surpass any existing vehicle in this size and class.

    Some of the unique features of the JAMMA family of vehicles include an armor attachment system that allows threat specific armor to be easily and readily attached to or removed from the vehicle in virtually any environment; stadium seating that allows the driver to be comprehensively armored while also preventing the driver from blocking the fire arcs of the other vehicle occupants; and, optimized occupant roll-over protection with full fields of fire on the move.

    In addition to all of its other beneficial attributes, the TAC-V JAMMA V-22 ITV variant is available with a diesel/JP8 engine, or, with a state of the art hybrid driveline that optimizes the vehicle’s efficiency and generates 25kW continuous exportable power.

  9. #29

    More images then I stop.............













    Joint All-Terrain Modular Mobility Asset (JAMMA) Vehicle debuted at AUSA Winter

    Force Protection, Inc. (FRPT 5.28, +0.01, +0.19%), a leading American designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions, will debut the Joint All-Terrain Modular Mobility Asset (JAMMA) vehicle at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Institute of Land Warfare’s Winter Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., February 24-26, 2010 at booth #109.

    JAMMA is the only armor-ready, four-occupant, hybrid, high-performance off-road vehicle that can be transported inside the V-22 Osprey helicopter. It is equipped to handle high speeds during extreme off-roading, on highways and through urban terrain. JAMMA is also capable of rapidly adapting to and being armored for specific mission profiles such as reconnaissance, rescue/recovery, med-evac and mobile security.

    “We believe there is an ongoing need for our U.S. troops and allied forces to have access to lighter, highly mobile vehicles,” said Michael Moody, Chairman and CEO of Force Protection, Inc. “The JAMMA vehicle has been designed from the ground up to be the new standard in light tactical vehicles and its light weight, high strength structure provides a wealth of multi-role mission configurations for its end-users. The JAMMA represents a different type of survivability solution focused on speed, mobility and concealment.”

    JAMMA satisfies the requirements of special operations user groups. It has optimized rollover protection and features an attachment system with threat-specific armor that can be easily attached or removed in virtually any environment. The vehicle includes stadium seating that protects the driver while allowing 360-degree return fire and features a state-of-the-art hybrid engine that optimizes vehicle efficiency and generates 22kw continuous exportable power.

    Force Protection, in collaboration with Raydon Corp., a global leader in simulation products and solutions, will also showcase Raydon’s Buffalo MPCV simulator. This training system instructs war fighters on how to visually detect IEDs and interrogate them using the Buffalo’s unique interrogation arm/crane. This training system will help war fighters improve their route clearance skills, learn the latest tactics, techniques, and procedures for route clearance. The Buffalo crewmembers view the virtual battlefield through four 40-inch LCD monitors. With a 180 degree field of view (FOV) from an elevated seating position crews can detect IEDs and interrogate suspected IEDs with the hand held controls for the interrogation arm/crane. Crews are able to get an up close look at the suspected IED with a camera with zoom lens and maneuverable spotlights which enable crews to provide their night missions successfully.

    “Force Protection has been instrumental in getting MRAP vehicles to our war fighter in Iraq and Afghanistan and there is no doubt they have been invaluable in the fight. We are very excited to be showcasing our Buffalo training system (MPCV) alongside Force Protection at Winter AUSA. Training our troops on route clearance best practices and preparing them to use MRAPs before they deploy is essential to mission success,” said Mike Vollmar, CEO, Raydon Corporation.

    Michael Moody continued, “Having Raydon’s Buffalo simulator along with the JAMMA at AUSA Winter gives us the opportunity to showcase different types of survivability solutions to potential customers. We are pleased to have Raydon Corporation join in our AUSA Winter demonstrations.”

  10. #30

    Latest Hummer BUT with new armoured capsule.............

    Armored, Blast Protected Capsule for the HMMWV


    Photo above: The armored, blast protected capsule designed by Granite Tactical Vehicles for the HMMWV. Photo via: Textron Marine & Land Systems

    In February 2010 Textron Marine & Land Systems and Granite Tactical Vehicles Inc. have won the first order for three modified High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) for evaluation by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab. The three vehicles will demonstrate upgraded configurations of HMMWVs with armored, blast-protected capsules mounted on an M1114, M1151-A1/REVB and M1165. The Marines will test the vehicles' mobility, thermal and durability performance in March 2010. The corps have already completed blast and ballistic testing on the vehicle.

    The vehicles are modified with blast-protected armored capsules developed by Granite, to increase the vehicle's survivability, while maintaining the high mobility and payload capabilities, the HMMWV had in the past. The Granite capsule for the HMMWV was designed by former Navy S.E.A.L. Christopher Berman, founder of Granite Tactical Vehicles. Berman’s idea is to retrofit existing HMMWVs with the armored, blast-protected V-shaped capsule.

    Since the fully protected monocoque capsule replaces the passenger compartment of the HMMWV, including the add-on armor, the weight distribution and gross vehicle weight are within the vehicle's limits, maintaining the HMMWV's mobility and stability. As can be seen from the photos on this page, the modufied vehilce is slightly wider and higher than a standard unprotected HMMWV.

    Textron Marine & Land Systems and Granite Tactical Vehicles Announced their teaming agreement in January 2010.



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